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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0229

Author: Greig, Henry
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-12

From Henry Greig

[salute] Sir

By a vessel to my address from Philadelphia in 40 days I received with my own Letters, the Packet I have now the pleasure herewith to transmit you. There were also under my care, four Volumes of Congress Journals for 1778, for the Honble. Dr. Franklin, Mr. Jay, Mr. Dana and yourself, together with those for November and decemr. last Year. I shall be glad to know in what manner you would chuse them forwarded, and when I do, it shall immediately be complied with.1
Capt. Magee left the Delaware in the afternoon of the 25 March, and three days before that, there had been an Engagement 'twixt the French and Engl. Squadrons off Cape Charles; but the issue was not known.2 Before He left Town, the Marquis La fayette, with 1500 Men light Infantry with some Pieces of Artillery from the Grand Army, passed Philadelphia in their way to Virginia, where the Enemy was coop'd up in Portsmouth and Cornwallis retreating in the Carolinas before Generals Green and Morgan, as fast as he advanc'd.
Can I at any time render you or Friends any Services in these parts please to Command me.
I have transacted all that business in the mercantile Line that has reached Sweden from America, Since the Commencement of the War, and am known to many of this class of Gentlemen in various { 315 } parts of the Continent—Particularly, to Rt. Morris, John Ross, T. Willing, John Wilincks Esqrs. at Philadelphia and the principal Houses at Boston. This Vessel will sail for the latter place toward the middle of next month Should You have any dispatches to forward.3
I am with due respect Sir Your most obedient and humble Servant
[signed] Henry Greig
The postage of the Packet is f3 which may be paid to messrs: John de Neufville & Sons.
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “H. Greig. 12. May 1781. Gottenbourg”; notation by John Thaxter: “Letter from Mr. Lovell, inclosing two or three curious Letters.”
1. Grieg also forwarded letters to Franklin and Jay. See JA to Franklin, 23 May, below.
2. For the battle between Arbuthnot and Destouches off the Virginia capes on 18 March, see James Lovell's letter of 31 March, and note 2, above.
3. There are no further letters between JA and Greig in the Adams Papers. JQA visited Göteborg in Jan. 1783 and dined with Greig (JQA, Diary, 1:168).

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0230-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-13

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

Après la Lettre que j'ai eu l'honneur de vous écrire hier, n'ayant plus rien à vous apprendre, pour le présent, des affaires publiques, mon intention étoit de vous écrire à loisir la semaine prochaine seulement, sur un arrangement à prendre quant à moi personnellement, en conséquence de ce que vous m'avez fait l'honneur de me dire la derniere fois qu'il en a été question entre nous, arrangement qui j'espere vous plaira, et applanira les difficultés qui pourroient s'opposer à vos bonnes intentions pour moi.1 Ce qui me fait mettre la plume à la main aujourd'hui n'est donc que pour enveloper l'incluse que S. E. M. l'Ambr. de France vient de m'envoyer pour Vous par Son Secretaire, en me recommandant de vous l'envoyer d'abord.2 Le Nom du Ministre qui est Sur le Couvert, me fait conjecturer qu'il y a de l'interessant; et j'espere aussi qu'il n'y aura que de l'agreable pour vous. Je Suis toujours avec autant d'attachement que de respect, à la hâte Monsieur Votre très-humble & très obéissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas
Ayez la bonté, Monsieur, de m'accuser la reception de l'incluse.3

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0230-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-13

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

After the letter that I had the honor to send to you yesterday, my intention was not to write again until next week since there is no news to relay. This { 316 } | view exercise of personal reserve, a consequence of what you had the honor to tell me the last time this was a cause for concern, is an arrangement that I hope will please you, and will smooth out the difficulties which could oppose your good intentions for me.1 What has made me take up my pen today is the attached enclosure from his excellency the French ambassador just sent to me by his secretary, with the request that I send it to you at once.2 The name of the minister on the cover makes me believe that it is of interest and I hope it will be only good news for you. I remain, with as much attachment as respect, hastily, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
Please have the kindness, sir, to acknowledge the receipt of the enclosure.3
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed by John Thaxter: “Mr. Dumas 13th. May 1781.”
1. JA had last commented on Dumas' status as American agent at The Hague in his letter of 27 March, above. Dumas raised the subject again in his letter of 23 May, below.
2. Laurent Bérenger, La Vauguyon's secretary, delivered Philip Mazzei's letter of 28 March, above, the receipt of which JA acknowledged in his reply to Dumas of 19 May, below.
3. This sentence is written in the left margin.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.